The United Nations has set 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The first of which is to end extreme poverty.
BRAC’s social innovation ‘targeting the ultra-poor’ develops basic entrepreneurship for those living on less than 70p per day, who are predominantly women with the aim of supporting them to build sustainable livelihoods and increase their income. Since its launch in 2002, the approach has graduated over 1.6 million families in Bangladesh and been replicated by BRAC and partners across Africa, South Asia and Latin America.
Leaving it behind: How to rescue people from deep poverty—and why the best methods work. The Economist explains the ultra-poor approach and how it came about whilst also delving into it’s impacts and potential. Click here to read the article.
International Growth Centre
Researchers from the International Growth Centre conduced a seven year randomized control trial to pin point the impact of our ultra-poor work. The results show that the women we worked with increased their earnings by 37 per cent and this was maintained or increased over seven years. Read their growth brief here.
The power of hope is real
We believe poverty is not just about income but also about confidence and self-esteem. Nick Kristof from the New York Times writes his thoughts about BRAC and aid in this article.
Replicating the model
A persistent concern about efforts to improve living standards for the 1.2 billion people who live in extreme poverty is figuring out what works and replicating it. Banerjee et al. describe encouraging results from a set of pilot projects in Ethiopia, Ghana, Honduras, India, Pakistan, and Peru encompassing 11,000 households. Read more